Invasive Species

Diver Assisted Suction Harvesting (DASH) is a new Aquatic Invasive Species Management service. DASH is an invasive plant removal technique that offers an alternative to aquatic chemical application by suction harvesting. This allows native plant species to thrive and compete against invasive species.

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What Are Invasive Species and Why Are They Bad?

Invasive species are any organisms that are not native to the specific habitat they live in and cause harm to surrounding native species. They often deplete the food supplies of native species since there are no natural predators in the new ecosystem. According to the National Wildlife Federation invasive species are one of the biggest threats to endangered species and to native wildlife. 

The removal of invasive species keeps the ecosystem healthy by allowing native species to flourish. Ecosystems have developed in certain ways where the species who inhabit the area have a predator-prey balance. Our mission is to restore that balance. 

Precautions to Prevent Spread of Invasive Species

Boaters should always check their boat trailer and remove any hanging weeds or piles of sediment before departing. Boaters should also empty their bilge before they leave any lake or river. Riese Aquatics specializes in the removal of aquatic plant species such as Eurasian watermilfoil, Curly-leaf pondweed, Hydrilla, and many nuisance species. Like any responsible boater, Riese Aquatics thoroughly sterilizes its harvesting equipment before and after each harvesting session.